This goregous book includes the following stories as retold by Laurence Housman:
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves;
The Story of the Wicked Half-Brothers;
The Story of the Princess of Deryabar;
The Story of the Magic Horse;
The Fisherman and the Genie;
The Story of the King of the Ebony Isles;
The History of Badoura, Princess of China, and of Camaralzaman, the Island Prince;
Sinbad the Sailor;
The first voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;
The second voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;
The third voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;
The fourth voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;
The fifth voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;
The sixth voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;
The seventh voyage of Sinbad the Sailor; and
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.
EvidenceEvidence reported by SebastianHammer for item storiesarabian00housmiss on Feb 19, 2006; known publication or copyright year is 1907; published before 1923; published or distributed in the US; unclear whether published by US government; have not determined whether item contains a valid copyright symbol.
March 19, 2006 Subject:
A Masterpiece of the Illustrator's Art
With just short of two dozen watercolour images plus an assortment of pen and ink spot illustrations, this book is a wonder. Dulac has always been in Arthur Rackham's shadow. A look at these illustrations makes you wonder way - Dulac was certainly a better artist and much better colourist. His output was incredible and his work isn't as posed or cartoonish as Rackham's could be. Dulac - who was Fench - took his work seriously. (Rackham's illustrations to Poe indicate he didn't really "get" Poe: Dulac's works show an understanding of the funereal and poignant longing in Poe.) Comparisons aside, the Arabian Nights illustrations are astonishing works by any standard. His level of sucess was demonstrated by an on-going arrangement he had in London; a gallery would commission Dulac to do a series of works for a literary work. A publisher would buy the reproduction rights and the gallery would sell the original artwork. Nice work if you can get it . . .